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Maricel Soriano Signs Program Contract With GMA-7

Diamond Star Maricel Soriano signed a program contract with GMA-7 for a drama series with Dingdong Dantes and Lovi Poe. The title of the drama series is "Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real."

Maricel wasn't able to answer questions from the press after the contract signing because she has another commitment. Lilybeth Rasonable, the senior vice president for entertainment, was the one who answered queries from the media.

She said they offered a program contract to Maricel to test first if the drama series she will be starring in will took off. If it will be a success, then it's possible the Kapuso network will offer an exclusive contract to the Diamond Star.

"Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real" will be directed by Andoy Ranay. The decision to field Maricel for the new drama series came after she guest starred on "Pilyang Kerubin" in 2010.

It was an easy negotiation with Maricel, Rasonable said, adding that the Diamond Star immediately liked the idea of the story and the plot.

The GMA executives are all excited to see Maricel work with their younger stars because they will surely be inspired by the veteran actress. "I think for any artist na makasama si Maricel, napakagaling na artista, it will draw also the best from her co-stars."

They are all hoping that Maricel's participation in the drama will be a good experience for all.

Meanwhile, Maricel said she already let go of all the issues that hounded her in the past. Now that she is active in showbiz again, the Diamond Star doesn't want to dwell anymore on these issues.

Her downward spiral started when her mother, Linda Martinez, passed away in July 2009. Since then, not much of the Diamond Star was seen in public, and some said she underwent extreme depression.

There were also rumors of drug use, but Maricel shrugged that off now.

Since her mother died, Maricel said she felt she has no one anymore. But now that she's busy with work again, the Diamond Star can finally laugh and smile for the first time in years.

Whatever it is that she has to go through the past years, Maricel already lifted that up to God. "’Di ba, nagdadasal tayo? Nasasabi natin sa Diyos lahat na, ‘Lord, ito ang dala-dala ko, nasaktan ako, ganyan.'"

Maricel said she already surrendered everything to God. And because she did, she also realized it's time to move on and let go.

When it comes to her lovelife, the Diamond Star hopes there will still be someone out there for her. "Sana nga meron, kasi bukas naman ang pinto saka mga bintana. Kailangan bang kumaway pa?"

The Diamond Star said she's excited to work with Kapuso actors and actresses. She worked with Lovi before for "Yesterday Today Tomorrow," but they didn't have a scene together.

She hasn't worked with Dingdong yet, but she already met him through the late Wyngard Tracy. Maricel maintained she is excited with the prospect of working with the two artists.

Also, Maricel said she heard a lot about Dingdong through his girlfriend, Marian Rivera, who the veteran actress worked with in Bahay Kubo (2007).

Asked whether it will make a difference now that she's a Kapuso artist (she has long been with ABS-CBN), Maricel said the depth of her love for her craft cannot be measured by the network she's working with.

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